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C04267v1 Master of Science (Honours)

Award(s): Master of Science (Honours) in (name of Science major) (MSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 080272B
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Master of Science (Honours) provides students with a unique opportunity to undertake original research and gain in-depth knowledge in their particular scientific field. Students have access to staff that are leading researchers and experts in their field. Undertaking this course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. This course is designed to provide a scholarship pathway to the PhD program.

The course contains a compulsory core of professional subjects relevant to all science disciplines. The subjects in the core provide a backbone of skills important to a professional scientist; be they engaged in research, science businesses, industries or government organisations. These are the skills of communication, critical analysis, project management and innovation and commercialisation. The professional strand is complemented by a choice of major study in a specific science or mathematics discipline. Students in the Marine Science and Management major, for example, are exposed to multidisciplinary and cross-institutional coursework, with a capstone project taught at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) and multiple lecture series and practical components using real-life data from the Australian Integrated Marine Observatory System.

The second half of the course comprises a substantial research component, giving students an opportunity to undertake original, cutting-edge research. For students with suitable achievement levels, this provides a direct pathway to a PhD, and carries points that can be used in the scholarship application process.

Course aims

The course provides graduates with analytic tools and disciplinary knowledge, combined with creative, logical approaches to problem solving and professional skills that facilitate real-world application of the science such as project management, IP management and commercialisation. With a substantial research component, students develop and expand their research skills, which can be utilised either in industry R&D or as the initial foundations of a professional research career.

Career options

Career options vary according to the major chosen, but all graduates have training in the professional attributes that employers seek. The skills learnt expand career horizons and enhance prospects for promotion in the rapidly evolving science professions. Graduates in all majors may also proceed to a career in research through entry to a PhD.

  • Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering major are well prepared for careers in medical device and biotechnology companies, government policy and regulation, hospitals, and research organisations where the ability to combine biology and engineering knowledge and skills is required.
  • Graduates of the Marine Science and Management major can pursue careers worldwide in private and public agencies, or as private consultants in fields such as policy and conservation, fisheries, environmental sustainability and management, impact assessment, tourism, and education.
  • Graduates of the Environmental Change Management major may find management and leadership positions in government agencies, the private sector and community organisations concerned with biodiversity, coastal zone management, climate change adaptation, environmental policy, environmental remediation, environmental sustainability, fisheries, infrastructure, land and water resources, national parks and wildlife, planning, and natural resources management.
  • Forensic Science major graduates may take up positions in police forensic laboratories, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and private forensic or drug detection laboratories, customs and border protection agencies, and environmental protection agencies.
  • Graduates of the Mathematical and Statistical Modelling major may expect to apply their logistic, statistical and modelling skills in careers in a wide range of diverse organisations and industries, including banking and finance, health, information technology, and market research.
  • Career options for Medical Biotechnology major graduates include senior positions in public health units, hospitals or government departments, or as policy analysts or consultants, providing links with bodies such as state health departments. Graduates may also pursue management positions in diagnostic medical laboratories, or in pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

This program is normally available to students who have commenced in the Master of Science (Extension) (C04265) or Master of Science (C04241), and demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and research potential. Admission is via internal course transfer. Prospective students have to complete the supplementary faculty honours admission form and organise a supervisor and project.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

Local students who have completed an undergraduate qualification and satisfied the admission criteria for entry into the standard honours program may be considered for direct entry.

International students

This course is not offered by direct entry.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for credit recognition of up to 36 credit points if the subjects previously studied are deemed by UTS: Science to be equivalent to those specified for their course.

To be considered for credit recognition, subjects must normally have been completed no more than five years prior to the commencement of this course.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a two-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

The course requires 96 credit points of study, comprising 24 credit points of professional stream subjects, a 24-credit-point major and a 48-credit-point intensive research component.

This honours component of the course is a research project that extends over the final year and normally takes the form of an experimental, analytical or theoretical investigation. Candidates may also be required to undertake one or more critical reviews of the literature in designated areas and to attend formal classes devoted to advanced coursework. The results of the project are presented in an oral seminar and in a written thesis, both of which are formally assessed.

Course completion requirements

STM90522 Professional stream 24cp
CBK90908 Science major choice (Honours) 24cp
CBK90909 Choice (Honours) 48cp
Total 96cp

Course program

Example programs for students commencing in either Autumn or Spring sessions for all majors are shown below.

The Forensic Science major contains a mix of subjects from different forensic disciplines and example programs are more difficult to predict because subject choices are influenced by prior study. A typical program focusing on the forensic chemistry discipline with admission in Autumn session is shown below, as well as a typical program focusing on the forensic biology discipline with admission in Spring session. Students with appropriate backgrounds wishing to choose a mixture of forensic chemistry and forensic biology subjects should seek advice from their program advisers.

The Biomedical Engineering major contains a mix of subjects from different science and engineering disciplines and example programs are more difficult to predict because subject choices are influenced by prior study. Typical programs for students admitted in either Autumn or Spring session, with prior backgrounds in either biomedical or physical science are shown below. Depending on selection of electives, the number of elective credit points in a given session may differ from that listed below.

The Marine Science and Management major requires two subjects to be chosen from external partner universities and the subject chosen may affect the course duration, depending on session of offer of the selected subject.

Medical Biotechnology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91565 Experimental and Diagnostic Flow Cytometry   6cp
91566 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging   6cp
Spring session
91536 Proteomics   6cp
91559 Bacterial Pathogenesis   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 48 credit points of options   48cp
Medical Biotechnology major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
91536 Proteomics   6cp
91559 Bacterial Pathogenesis   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91565 Experimental and Diagnostic Flow Cytometry   6cp
91566 Advanced Microscopy and Imaging   6cp
Spring session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Mathematical and Statistical Modelling major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
37233 Linear Algebra   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
37234 Advanced Calculus 6cp  
37262 Simulation Modelling 6cp  
35364 Statistics for Quantitative Finance 6cp  
37345 Quantitative Management Practice 6cp  
37356 Design and Analysis of Experiments 6cp  
37373 Programming for Data Analysis 6cp  
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
35365 Stochastic Calculus in Finance 6cp  
37253 Sample Surveys 6cp  
37335 Differential Equations 6cp  
37336 Mathematical Methods 6cp  
37343 Nonlinear Methods in Quantitative Management 6cp  
37344 Network and Combinatorial Optimisation 6cp  
37357 Advanced Statistical Modelling 6cp  
37363 Stochastic Processes 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
35506 Mathematics Thesis 1   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
35502 Seminar A 6cp  
35503 Seminar B 6cp  
35504 Seminar C 6cp  
35505 Seminar D 6cp  
37458 Advanced Bayesian Methods 6cp  
37464 Advanced Stochastic Processes 6cp  
Spring session
35507 Mathematics Thesis 2   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
35502 Seminar A 6cp  
35503 Seminar B 6cp  
35504 Seminar C 6cp  
35505 Seminar D 6cp  
37438 Modern Analysis with Applications 6cp  
37459 Multivariate Data Analysis 6cp  
Mathematical and Statistical Modelling major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90640 Elective 6cp  
37253 Sample Surveys 6cp  
37335 Differential Equations 6cp  
37336 Mathematical Methods 6cp  
37343 Nonlinear Methods in Quantitative Management 6cp  
37344 Network and Combinatorial Optimisation 6cp  
37357 Advanced Statistical Modelling 6cp  
37363 Stochastic Processes 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
37233 Linear Algebra   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
35364 Statistics for Quantitative Finance 6cp  
37234 Advanced Calculus 6cp  
37262 Simulation Modelling 6cp  
37345 Quantitative Management Practice 6cp  
37356 Design and Analysis of Experiments 6cp  
37373 Programming for Data Analysis 6cp  
Spring session
35507 Mathematics Thesis 2   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
35502 Seminar A 6cp  
35503 Seminar B 6cp  
35504 Seminar C 6cp  
35505 Seminar D 6cp  
37438 Modern Analysis with Applications 6cp  
37459 Multivariate Data Analysis 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
35506 Mathematics Thesis 1   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
35502 Seminar A 6cp  
35503 Seminar B 6cp  
35504 Seminar C 6cp  
35505 Seminar D 6cp  
37458 Advanced Bayesian Methods 6cp  
37464 Advanced Stochastic Processes 6cp  
Forensic Science major, Chemistry strand, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
65034 Introduction to Forensic Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
65342 Crime Scene Investigation 6cp  
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
35255 Forensic Statistics 6cp  
Spring session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
65412 Physical Evidence 6cp  
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Spring session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Forensic Science major, Biology strand, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
65034 Introduction to Forensic Science   6cp
91402 Anatomical Pathology   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Spring session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Year 3
Autumn session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Marine Science and Management major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91165 External Marine Study 1   6cp
91146 Topics in Australian Marine Science   6cp
Spring session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91166 External Marine Study 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp  
91157 Marine Communities 6cp  
91540 Climate Change and Ecological Modelling 6cp  
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Spring session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Marine Science and Management major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91165 External Marine Study 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91156 Marine Productivity and Climate Change 6cp  
91157 Marine Communities 6cp  
91540 Climate Change and Ecological Modelling 6cp  
91126 Coral Reef Ecosystems 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91146 Topics in Australian Marine Science   6cp
91166 External Marine Study 2   6cp
Spring session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Year 3
Autumn session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Biomedical Engineering major, Physical Science stream, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
91429 Physiological Bases of Human Movement   6cp
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
Spring session
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Spring session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Biomedical Engineering major, Physical Science stream, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
91429 Physiological Bases of Human Movement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology 6cp  
68075 Nanomaterials 6cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
Spring session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Year 3
Autumn session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Biomedical Engineering major, Biomedical Sciences stream, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
68316 Applied Electronics and Interfacing   6cp
Spring session
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics 6cp  
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Spring session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp
Biomedical Engineering major, Biomedical Sciences stream, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science   6cp
60903 Project Management in Science   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
49261 Biomedical Instrumentation   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
60902 The Scientific Method   6cp
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
68316 Applied Electronics and Interfacing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology 6cp  
68075 Nanomaterials 6cp  
91403 Medical Imaging 6cp  
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp  
48023 Programming Fundamentals 6cp  
49275 Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic 6cp  
Spring session
60912 Science Honours Thesis 1   24cp
Year 3
Autumn session
60913 Science Honours Thesis 2   24cp

Other information

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